Maternal & Infant Health

To sign up for one of the wellness seminars or support groups in BlueShield of Northeastern New York's Maternal & Infant Health Program, or for more information, just call the number listed below.

 

Caregivers Program of Catholic Charities of Albany County:
Maternal Health Support Group
1-518-482-8836

 

 

Albany Medical Center of Albany County:
Childbirth Preparation/Lamaze
Breastfeeding
Cesarean Birth Preparation
Becoming a Sibling
1-518-262-5162

 

 

St. Peter's Hospital of Albany:
Childbirth Preparation/Lamaze
Childbirth Refresher
Breast Feeding
Infant Safety and CPR
Parenting
Cesarean Birth Preparation
VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
1-518-525-1873

 

 

Alpha Pregnancy Care Center of Schenectady:
Maternal Health Support Group
1-518-688-2677

 

 

Champlain Valley Physician's Hospital of Plattsburgh:
Childbirth Preparation/Lamaze
Childbirth Refresher
Breastfeeding
Infant Safety & CPR
Infant Care
Cesarean Birth Class
VBAC
1-518-562-7770

 

 

Childbirth Education of Saratoga:
Childbirth Preparation/Lamaze
Childbirth Refresher Class
Breast Feeding Class
Infant Care
1-518-580-2450
1-866-580-2450

 

 

Community Maternity Services of Washington County:
Maternal Health Support Group for New Moms
1-518-668-3167

 

 

Community Service Family Support Group of Rensselaer County:
Mental Health Support Group for Parents or Caregivers with children with Social/Emotional/Behavioral Issues
1-518-283-6500 ext. 738

 

 

 

 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia County:
Parenting Classes
1-518-828-3346

 

 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County:
Parenting Classes
1-518-668-4881
1-518-623-3291

 

 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Washington County:
Parenting Classes
1-518-746-2560

 

 

Glens Falls Hospital of Glens Falls:
Preparing for Childbirth
One Day or Two Day Childbirth Preparation
Breastfeeding Preparation
Tot Saver
Caring for Your Infant
Sibling Preparation
Boot Camp for New Dads
1-518-926-6095

 

 

Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties Inc.:
Family Support Group
1-518-828-4619 ext. 206

 

 

Seton Health of Troy:
Childbirth Preparation
Special Siblings
Breastfeeding Basics
Baby Basics
Mothers in the Middle/Refresher
1-518-268-5979

Breast Feeding Support Groups
1-518-268-5979

 

 

St. Peter's Hospital of Albany:
Childbirth Preparation/Lamaze
Childbirth Refresher
Breast Feeding
Infant Safety and CPR
Parenting
Cesarean Birth Preparation
VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
1-518-525-1873

Support Group, Self-esteem
Post-Abortion Bereavement and Parent Support Group
1-518-525-1388

 

 

 
 

Programs range from one class to multiple sessions over eight weeks. Many of the prenatal education programs are for both expectant mother and father, or support person. Typical information covered includes:

Prenatal Classes:

  • Anatomy and physiology of labor and delivery
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Body conditioning exercises
  • Comfort measures
  • Labor and birth variations
  • Cesarean birth
  • Hospital procedures
  • Medications
  • Patient rights, communication skills
  • Postpartum care, postpartum exercise
  • Rehearsal and practice sessions of these skills
  • Gestational diabetes

 Breastfeeding Classes:

  • Advantages of breastfeeding
  • Positioning
  • Storing breast milk
  • Supplementing and weaning
  • Hints for the working mother

Family Guide to Parenting
(The above resource is in Adobe PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it)

Growing Up Healthy Hotline (WIC)
1-800-522-5006

March of Dimes
http://www.modimes.org

Motherisk
http://www.motherisk.org

The American Pregnancy Organization
http://www.americanpregnancy.org

Women Infants & Children Program
http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic